Individuals who wish to lead Exuberant Animal movement classes are expected to adhere to the following standards:

  • Assertiveness: You are the sensei. Use your cowbell to keep the action on track.
  • Maintain and enforce the dojo rules: This is not a drop-in culture. If people insist on arriving late, leaving early or behaving badly, you must ask them to go elsewhere.
  • Lead with a balance of gravity and levity: The more disciplined you are about fundamentals, the more fun you can have. 
  • Safety: Risk and challenge are inherent in good movement classes; nevertheless, leaders must think ahead, anticipate dangers and modify activity to suit. 
  • Modeling: Leader must be able to show good physicality, including good posture and functional movement skill. 
  • Flexibility of context: In general, the preferred location for Exuberant Animal classes is outdoors. Go indoors if you must, but be ready to make judgment calls based on weather and other conditions.
  • Highlight. You are not the only model of good form. When you observe other participants moving skillfully or powerfully, bang on your cowbell and ask everyone to observe. Spread the love around.
  • Run a firm ship: Allow a little slack in the system so that people can innovate. When someone improvs a new movement or game, highlight it and remember it for next time. 
  • Talk less: It's easy to over-instruct, so dial it back. "Do this" is one of your most useful phrases. When in doubt, remember the acronym WAIT: Why Am I Talking?
  • Be polite and issue invitations. Demonstrate a good movement or functional game, then say "Please try."